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MSR documentary festival debuted in Quanzhou

BY :丝路云帆

UPDATED :2024-02-05

2023 marked the 10th anniversary of the proposal of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (MSR) Initiative. To enhance the cultural exchanges between the countries and regions along the MSR, the first MSR international documentary film festival was held on July 3, 2023 in Quanzhou of Fujian province, a city famous for its world heritage sites. The festival lasted through July 6.

Wenxing Dock, one of the estuary docks in Quanzhou (Photo/China Daily)

By means of visual works, the festival strived to build an open, equal, mutually beneficial and win-win corporation and exchange platform for international film and television industries, and promote the communications of countries and regions along the 21st Century MSR via assorted activities, such as film screenings, film exhibitions, themed seminars and cultural experiences.

A key vision poster for the MSR documentary international film festival provided by China Foreign Languages Publishing Administration

About 300 participants from home and abroad specializing in documentary industry presented at the scene, including presidents from the well-known international documentary film festivals, representatives of production and broadcasting institutions, directors and producers, think tank members, dignitaries as well as competent professionals.

The invitees shared their experience and explored more possibilities of new pattern construction for communication and cooperation regarding film and television, talent cultivation, as well as enhanced people-to-people exchanges and industrial collaborations, unveiling a new chapter for information interchanges as well as joint development related to the international film industry.
The festival was co-hosted by China Foreign Languages Publishing Administration, the Information Office of Fujian Provincial People’s Government, Fujian Provincial Administration of Radio and Television and Quanzhou Municipal People's Government. And the key vision for the festival was enlightened by Fuchuan (Fortune ship), one of the four major types of ships in ancient China.

Fuchuan was the generic term of v-bottom vessels common in Fujian and Zhejiang provinces, which was famous for watertight-bulkhead technology. As the proof of the ancient Maritime Silk Road, Fuchuan boasted the most advanced ocean-going capabilities. In the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), over 600 years ago, it was also the kind of ship that carried the fleets led by ancient Chinese mariner Zheng He to the Western ocean. 

A model of Fuchuan from the Ming Dynasty under construction

Hopefully, the MSR international film documentary festival will connect the world with narratives of actual events to promote the development of the prospering civilization, contributing the Chinese wisdom to the cultural exchanges and mutual learning between countries and regions along the Maritime Silk Road.
Source: 中国日报

Editor: Liu Liu, Joyce